My Writing Process

Recently, I’ve been actively writing and plotting my novel, simultaneously.

That probably makes no sense. I’ve sort of started the writing process in media res.

See, my current novel started out as a NaNoWriMo novel. I was off to a really great start, but then I got a really bad case of bronchitis and didn’t feel like doing anything but sleeping for like, a month. So that died.

But here I am, with a good chunk of the beginning of a draft, no plotting, no prewriting, and only a vague idea of what was going to happen next. I’ve never been much for the writing process. Even as a university English major, most of my papers are written with absolutely no outlining and turned in as first drafts. (For the record, I realize that this is a terrible way to write a paper, and I realize that this is probably why my grades aren’t as good as they could be, but I do okay for myself.)

When I decided to seriously pursue this novel, I knew that I had to change something about my process, because I’ve tried to written a lot of novels, so I have a lot of computer files with 15,000 words written and nothing else. I decided to create a really detailed outline, which I’m still working on. (Currently outlining chapter 20.) But you know, I’m not that good at following one thing at a time, so when I get bored of outlining, I go back and work on actually writing the current draft.

I also decided to set myself deadlines, because I don’t want to be working on the first draft for the next ten years. I want to be done with the draft until summer, partly because it seems like a good time to take a break, but also because I have a tendency to go live at a summer camp until August, and I know that I won’t write there. So far, I should be finished with chapter 19, for example, by March 27th. I’d like to be done by May, just because I think it would be cool to say that I wrote my book over the course of my senior year in college.

Anyway. I feel like I have a way more solid grasp of where my novel is going and what I need to do to get there. Of course, this is just in reference to my first draft. I’m kind of terrified of the editing/rewriting process, because let’s be honest. I don’t ever edit my own writing. I just turn in my first draft and wipe my hands of the matter. I’m not even going to edit this here blog post.

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6 thoughts on “My Writing Process

  1. this is exactly how i work! i do a lot of stages simultaneously but it really works for me. i actually encourage this sort of process through my tutoring all the time since a lot of people are scared off by chronological restraints or going out-of-order! great article jules, i’m behind u 100% ❤

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